Giggs Quits International Stage
Ryan Giggs is set to announce his retirement from the international stage this afternoon. The Welsh captain has enjoyed a 16 year career with his national side which will end with his 64th cap on Saturday. Wales are scheduled to play the Czech Republic in a Euro 2008 qualifier match at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. You can watch Wales v Czech Republic live in our dedicated members area. We are the number one choice to watch live soccer online.
Giggs decision is believed to have been a personal one. Wales chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 were all but ruined when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat in March in Dublin. The Euro 2008 tournament is set to take place in Austria and Switzerland and is likely to take place without Wales.
Last week Wales held out for a 2-2 draw with New Zealand and Gigg’s intentions became known during a squad meeting prior to the weekend game. Manchester United midfielder Ryan Gigg’s is now 33 but hopes to extend his career on a domestic front with the English Premier League champions. During his international career he has arguably been Wales greatest player and will be sorely missed by manager John Toshack.
Many great names have played for Wales in the past. However, as a nation their footballing record is poor and many stars have had to accept the fact that they will not play in a large tournament. The last time Wales featured in an international tournament was back in the 1958 World Cup which was then hosted by Sweden.
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